In 2018, the BRA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified parties to enter into short-term license agreement(s) to activate the waterfront and watersheet of the Charlestown Navy Yard, specifically Dry Dock #2, the foot of Dry Dock #2, Pier 3, and the Harborwalk.
The six (6) submitted proposals were subsequently put forth for public review and comment.To learn more about the proposals please access the Request for Proposals at bit.ly/BPDA_CNYRFP.
In January of 2019, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) concluded its comment period for the Charlestown Navy Yard Activation RFP.
As Navy Yard stakeholders, the neighborhood of Charlestown, and the City of Boston move forward with the process for a one-year trial of programs to enhance the Charlestown waterfront, it is important to review the four decades of planning work upon which this process is predicated.
There have been many plans throughout the years with regards to the Navy Yard. Each setting the framework for the next. The most recent plan, the Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Network Plan, was produced in 2007 and is an amendment to the original 1990 Harborpark Municipal Harbor Plan. The 2007 plan is most relevant to the Summer 2019 pilot program: the plan's overarching goal is to enhance the Navy Yard's waterfront with uses that are appealing to both local residents and workers, as well as visitors. The plan seeks to fulfill the promise made upon decommissioning to make this site of national significance open and welcoming to all, while doing so in a way that is compatible with the needs of those who have chosen to live and work in the Navy Yard. Strategies from the 2007 plan include the creation of year-round public destinations; improved access, wayfinding, and signage; and increased water-dependent uses such as sailing facilities, marinas, and water transit facilities.
Below is a timeline of the planning history for the Navy Yard, with links to each plan as it evolved throughout the years.
We urge all interested parties review the timeline to understand the legacy of planning in the Navy Yard that led to where we are today. To help we have pulled out key takeaways from each plan to save people some time, but please feel free to dive in as deeply as you like and help improve the Navy Yard waterfront in the spirit of all the work that has come before us.